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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft's treatment towards Google defectors->

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Miguel de Icaza
Miguel de Icaza writes "Here is a story revealing just how threatened microsoft are by google. While senior partners can expect the full chair experience, some lowly staffers who are putting in their notice are being escorted off campus immediately. Why? Because they've put in their notice to join Google. In Microsoft's eyes, Google is Enemy No. 1. Anyone leaving Redmond for the search leader is a threat. Not because they'll scurry around collecting company secrets — as if Google's interested in Microsoft's '90s-era technologies. Departing employees, however, might tell other 'Softies how much better Google is. If an employee is leaving for Amazon.com or another second-tier employer which doesn't make Microsoft so paranoid, they'll probably serve out the traditional two weeks of unproductive wrapping up. So if you're planning on leaving Microsoft for Google, pack up your belongings and say goodbye to friends ahead of time. There'll be no cake and two weeks of paid slacking for you."
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Java

+ - JPC is now open source->

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Miguel de Icaza
Miguel de Icaza writes "JPC, the pure java x86 PC emulator, is one of the coolest things I've seen done with FreeDOS in the last few years. An early preview demonstration was previously discussed on slashdot, but it is now GPL licenced for all. It allows you to boot an instance of FreeDOS in a Java window on your web browser. From there, you can run programs, games, etc. This presents a wonderful opportunity to embed FreeDOS in other systems, or to increase the availability of FreeDOS and DOS applications to users. And now the JPC team has made an important announcement: "Further to your interest in JPC (pure java x86 PC emulator) we are pleased to announce that, with permission of Oxford University, the source code to JPC is now available via the GPL version 2 open source licence." To try JPC or download the source code, visit the project website at: http://www-jpc.physics.ox.ac.uk. But does it run linux?"
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Microsoft

+ - Interview with initiator of DirectX

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Miguel de Icaza
Miguel de Icaza writes "there's a great interview from Shacknews with Alex St. John, one of the earlier DirectX / gaming guys. He talks about almost losing his job going against Bill Gates, and talks a bit about the MS development & political process.

'You know why the "X" on the Xbox is a glowing green X? The original codename for Direct X was "the Manhattan Project," because strategically it was an effort to displace Japanese game consoles with PCs and ultimately the Xbox. We called it "The Manhattan Project" because that was the codename for the program developing the nuclear bomb. We had a glowing radiation logo for the prototype for Direct X, and of course as soon as that got out and the press covered it, it caused a scandal' "
Software

+ - OS X-friendly OpenOffice to go public next month

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Miguel de Icaza
Miguel de Icaza writes "A version of OpenOffice that will run natively under Mac OS X's Aqua user interface will be demo'd in public at Apple Expo Paris next month, the reg reports. To date the only way to run openoffice under osx was using the ugly X11 official port, or the unofficial neooffice port (which only emulates the native aqua theme — but quite successfully). Previously the OpenOffice.org developers refused to make a big effort to make a carbon/cocoa version until Apple offered to contribute developers/PR/credence to the project — and Apple couldn't support OOo because it would upset Microsoft and possibly jepodise MSOfficeOSX. Does an aquafied OOo for OSX may mean Apple have finally embraced the seagull?"

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